The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Ratings Lowest Since 2010

Walkers seem to have taken a bite out of The Walking Dead season nine premiere ratings. It's also a 50 percent drop even just from the premiere for past year. Nevertheless, this year's "The Walking Dead's low rated premiere" story yields a startling statistic.

Just last month, CBS brass woke up to find the network's long-running powerhouse comedy The Big Bang Theory had lost 40 percent of its under-50 audience versus its previous season premiere, while companion series Young Sheldon dove 55 percent from its heavily hyped series opener. The Walking Dead Season 9 premiere-which was marketed as the beginning of the end for Rick Grimes-pulled in a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo graphic and 6.1 million viewers. It's also a 51% free-fall from what the series based on Robert Kirkman's comics drew for the Season 8 opener in the demo arena it has dominated for ages.

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In news we first came across at Variety, Kirkman announced at this year's New York Comic Con that Skybound Entertainment, which he founded in 2010, has negotiated to complete The Final Season's remaining episodes and publish them.

What might serve as the lemonade from the proverbial lemons here is the number of overall viewers has not quite reached a low. That's down 47 percent from last year's Season 8 premiere, which was watched live by 11.4 million viewers, and down about 11 million total viewers from the cliffhanger-resolving Season 7 premiere. Indeed, TWD firmly remains the top-rated cable series for Sunday night. The Season 9 premiere was also down approximately 50% in the key demo and 47% in total viewers compared to the Season 8 opener, which drew a 5.0 and 11.4 million viewers past year. Thus, there's an argument to be made that the shrinking Nielsen numbers could reflect an audience delivery method that's in the midst of an evolution.

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